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San Francisco 7, Us 5, Geary 3, Antonini 2, The City 1, Portolla 1, Afar 1, Alvin Padilla 1, Sugaya 1, New York 1, Hillis 1, Carolyn 1, Michael Dunakin 1,
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    October 26, 2012
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squatters and birds and it has a wonderful location and public transportation doesn't get better. the area is sketchy now but we believe turning the lights on will only increase safety and civil behavior and excited what the market street plan will do for all of us. the new strand theater will houselet 320 seat theater and for performance and events and a small cafe. it will open along to the street and allow act to increase subsubscription offerings and moster and increase the community programs and provide art education to the students of san francisco. we will provide permanent employment to 30 people and construction jobs and anticipate audience of over 100,000 a year
at the strand theater and watching performances and taking part in the education programs. i am sure we will show a film from time to time. i am sure we will show rocky horror picture show at this time. we will please tourists and patrons to the area and opening 52 weeks of the year and furthering the economic strategy. we hope that the strand theater will be a welcoming center for the community arts and gatherings and learning. we bought it in february this year from a gift from a board member and we are having a campaign to raise the funds necessary for the renovation. we worked with the planning department and come to agreement on every issue. we have support of the community. this is a great project but more importantly a long-term investment in the city of san francisco. we really want to
move this forward and do it quickly. a conditional use permit today to convert it to a live performance venue is critical for our ability to get market tax credits and provide overall 20% of the project estimated to be $28 million. if we make the time line we will begin construction in spring of next year and open in fall of 2014 turning on the lights in the long dark corner of san francisco with the incredible design of this revitalized space. i would like to thank the commission and the planning staff. i hope you help to me this project a reality in 2014. >> thank you. >> can we turn on the slide procedure? >> linda stepped out. >> great. i am michael dunakin
and thank you for the opportunity to present this project. this is an incredible opportunity to give new life
it's directly across from un plaza and has stevenson alley there for service which is terrific for the theater. the building can be an important player in terms of making the space at un plaza. it also has a great visibility and with the federal building behind it it's nicely framed. a short history of the strand theater. it was
this benefits students to get interested into something else instead of getting into trouble. they find something they like to do and they might not have known that they liked. i am glad that we have this relationship between act and my school now and i want to thank the whole act crew for collaborating with our school and without them our class wouldn't be possible and i strongly urge the commission to support this project. thank you. >> thank you.
[applause] >> hi i am rusty roof and the president of the board of trustees of act and i come on behalf of our board and other trustees and 100% endorsement of our board to this project. for as long as i of on the project and before it's been the goal to secure a second stage and for our outreach programs and educational programs and also for smaller innovative productions that lend themselves to our large theater on geary. little did we know that a property like the strand can be ours and it's in a location that allows act to be a liter in the changing face of central market.
we look forward to the day that our current and new audience will attend the the renovated strand theater and to bring education and great theater to our city. i ask the commission to support this project and look forward to you being there on opening night in 2014. thank you. >> thank you>> good afternoon. i am brad and work with the nonprofit organization serving 350 dance companies and theaters in san francisco and nearly 3,000 artists and i am thrilled to see this project of act moving forward and
embodied the vision that we have and the mayor office had and so many seeing the development in mid-market but i believe there were concerns raised about that development pushing out artists and groups and nonprofits and this is an incredible opportunity for us to save and restore a historic landmark and make sure that the arts and the nonprofits have a place in the new midmarket. we heard moving stories from the students that act is working out and many of us haven't known and we are familiar with the geary stage but maybe not these stories. i am excited how this project will allow act to reach out more and provide great art to the residents and visitors to the bay area and many other art groups as well. many of you
don't know at the costume shop we are giving that space away to nonprofits and i know she would like to do it at at strand and make it available to other nonprofits at a affordable rate and everyone will have the opportunity to use this space. i urge you to back this project. thank you. >> thank you. >> mr. president before the next speaker comes up as you can see we're having some technical difficulties with our video broadcast and just be patient with us. it will come back on but the meeting should still continue to flow. thank you. >> hi. i am anaza and a core contemporary actress at the theater and have been for two years and a former student
class of 2010. 30 grant avenue is currently hope to many of the individuals that make our theater tick but more importantly the home of the fine masters acting program. the students who come from afar to receivan education here in san francisco and bring theater to life in the community. the thing is that this passion and dedication is much too big for simply 30 grant and deserves to be expanded father which is why we are excited and determined to bring this life to the strand in this area. along abandoned movie
and vaudeville theater, dark and dilapidated and a community in need to serve it. by creating this theater we are confident we can provide art, diversity, education, and most importantly a new home for connecting act's community with the diverse bay area community and beyond. the strand is an opportunity to do all these things and we can have diversity throughout. >> thank you. >> come on up. let me read a couple more names. (calling speakers).
>> okay. good afternoon. my name is tiand i am a third year student in act's for acting. i joined this because it's one of the top in the nation and it's commitment to company. this idea of building a community of artists that support each other. it ren enriches us and showns through in the work that we create. i experienced this first hand when we were given the hans to bring othello to high schools and we were able to bring shakespeare to students in ways they never have seen it before and relate to their lives and engage the students in what they witnessed and express how they were affected by it in a safe environment and i believe it changes the lives of the
students and changes of lives of usace artists. it's my hope in the year to become a second space like the strand will afford the students and the community to have gold work and engages the community the same way we were able to engage those students. i believe it will be a place where audience members will say their souls were fed from the stage and i urge the commission to share in this hope and enrich the life of the community so that we have grow and thrive together. >> good afternoon commissioners. i am eddy raymond and the vice
president of ist local 16 in san francisco. i was an employee for act when i came into the union office. act employees hundreds of local 16 members over the course of one season. we represent the stage staff, and the permanent stage staff and the load for the theater as well as the scene shop and prop shop with act. we see this as building new audiences and keep theater in the bay area alive and vital and relative to its community. we see this as opportunity to employ construction workers for the remodel and 30 full time jobs at the theater and people resulted to the industry and our
business manager endorsed this project 100%. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon commissioners. my name is alvin padilla and the executive director of the tenderloin project and i live across the street from the strand. i want to thank thank you for your service and the opportunity to speak before you. my group is trying to facilitate community minded economic development so we are very happy and came out in support of the payroll tax exemption and lobbied and get twitter into the neighborhood. we would do the same thing if that case came up remember. we are finding ways to leverage the welcome boom and tech so we're not a one dimensional town and that we have a vibrant downtown, mid-market that consists of tech companies, retail, restaurants,
cafes, and in our view importantly arts and culture. given our experience and what we observed this other cities and neighborhoods arts and culture have a power way of weaving together the civic fabric and encouraging social interaction and engagement between populations that wouldn't otherwise engage. it's important that we maintain some semblence representation of life and analogue so to speak. it's not just a digital world out there. the strand is a pioneering step forward. i am a fan of the theater and i think they're taking a remarkal pioneering step here. i lived across from that building for three years. i cannot imagine it with the
lights on. i hear rumbling in the community where are the twitter kids? they're practically impossible so our task is compete with the free buffet and frozen yogurt and the frozen goodies and get them to go up and down the street and multi-faceted and interesting and diversity and it's not that tech is the problem and i am hearing about that but only tech is the opportunity. that's what the strand is about. we want to keep these kids. the strand is important way and direction in that and i support act and let's and thank you and yeah go giants
. >> any additional public comments? oh i thought there was one. >> good luck with the strand theater and also retirement linda here. 31 years is a long time to be working here and we appreciate you there. give our regards to the strand theater and tell them you will make it better planning. i know you will. this strand is your strand. this strand is my strand from all the city to everywhere there. from the city ocean all through the bay view this strand was made for you
and me. [applause] >> is there any additional public comment? all right. public comment portion is closed. commissioner antonini. >> thank you. this is a wonderful project, and i was greatly appreciative of a visit i had and i got to see this picture of the great white way and it made it to the screen and i don't know if we had technical di.s before that came up and reminded me of years ago and i had my first drive down portolla drive and to get to broadway and not growing up in san francisco and the period of the 50's and
the neons and the signs and maybe it can be that again. we were talking the other day for a west coast alternative for new york and have a second theater district in the nation because we have so much interest in theater and a lot of people aren't able to go back east to see the theater and this is a step in that direction and a big one and it will bring many good things to that part of market and perhaps the first step for a district along market and extend into the present theater district of geary street. i think it's a wonderful idea and can be a beginning. i had a couple of things i did want to mention. the first is, and i have talked to the architect about this, and i am sure they're going to take care of it and make sure the lobby is warm and rich enough with the colors and as people go into
legitimate theater you are used to lobbies that are comfortable areas and not that it isn't going to be comfortable but has to have that feel for a theater. a couple other things that came up in our discussion and the first is there are trues in front of the theater now and they need a little work. i appreciate the trees on market. they might not be in the best positions but if there is anything to be done as a project along market to prune them more evenly and allow visibility to what is behind them that is something that we need to work on, and the other issue that came up i believe there is not a port to share but a drop off area that exists now and in practical terms when people are visiting and need for various reasons need to be dropped off in front it would
be helpful. i know we don't want curb cuts on market but a slight area for the drop off to occur and not disrupt the traffic or movement of market certainly would be a great feature. the other thing i like about this and it was pointed out the fact that having all three levels engage the street and the black box with lights that also can be seen the light is a beacon and i think it's something that would basically bring a lot of good things with it, and i think the way this has been planned is very innovative and extremely well done and i am looking forward to seeing it finished. one other question i had that i didn't ask the other day i know there is a sign for act planned and i don't know if there will be memorization of the name strand in there. i think we have something with geary that
memorizes it. maybe not, and in front of the there and the same with the current and even though we refer to the geary as act and i'm not sure how you have that planned and that's a minor detail and a great plan. thank you very much for bringing this forward. >> commissioner sugaya. >> yes. i am particularly glad this is moving ahead. my firm did talks with another previous owner and was going to demolish the building. we dissituated him from doing that and never went ahead with that and it was fortunate and happy it didn't disappear and i am particularly happy this project is mere. i am quite supportive. i have a couple things to staff. in considering the historic status of this particular building was
there any consideration given to extending the theater loft district of the building. >> that was addressed in the want and there are several buildings there and they thought it wouldn't be appropriate to extend the district. i don't know carolyn. i am pretty sure that was there argument. carolyn is here. >> that is fine>> i think it was filled in with a new store front and deeper than we have now and perhaps i'm not going
to offer any condition or anything and i know there is language here they will continue to work with staff on the design of the building and materials and other things, so if further consideration can be giving up some square footage in the lobby to deepen that entry i think it would add to the traditional way that people entered the strand theater itself and might be a good reflection in the new store front if possible and thirdly following up on commissioner antonini in terms of perhaps there can be consideration given to some kind of interpretive exhibit in the lobby area about the strand. you have wonderful pictures in the presentation and historical photos and maybe there could be some kind of display or -- i don't want to use the word plaque. i don't
like plaques but you know what i am talking about and that would be great. >> that is part of the project. there is a negative declaration made of the project and one of the items they would work with staff to determine an appropriate display. >> okay thanks. >> commissioner hillis>> so thank you for bringing this project -- and wasn't feasible or the performing arts groups that could do this so it's amazing that we're and thank you for act for bringing